Issue 154

The Winnable Battles Initiative: Strategies and Opportunities to Improve Health

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

The National Conference of State Legislatures has released a new report, "The Winnable Battles Initiative: Strategies and Opportunities to Improve Health," which addresses some of the efforts that have been made in the health areas designated in the Winnable Battles Initiative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC's Winnable Battles include Nutrition, Physical Activity, Obesity and Food Safety; Healthcare-Associated Infections; HIV; Motor Vehicle Injuries; Teen Pregnancy; and Tobacco.

U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2008: State Trends by Age, Race, and Ethnicity

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

A new report published by the Guttmacher Institute includes population counts and trends for each U.S. state's adolescent pregnancy and abortion rates for 1988-2008, as well as trends in birth rates for 1988-2010. The report found that between 1988 and 2000, and again between 2000 and 2005, teenage pregnancy rates declined in every state. However, between 2005 and 2008, the rate decreased fiver percent or more in seven states, while increasing by five percent or more in 16 states.

Webinar: Health Communication Series: Applying Health Literate Communications

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

The California Pacific Public Health Training Center is offering a free webinar, "Health Communication Matters! Applying Health Literate Communications- Examples from a Nasty Flu Season, on March 27, 2013 at 2 pm EST. The presentation will provide tips and resources where public health professionals can make a difference in increasing the success of their communication efforts.

C-Section Delivery Rates Vary Widely Across Nation

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

A new study published in the journal Health Affairs has found that the overall rates of C-sections vary from seven to seventy percent in the nation's hospitals. Researchers also found a wide variation in C-section deliveries even among women with lower-risk pregnancies, where rates varied from 2.4 to 36.5 percent. The study recommends better coordination among providers of maternity care to reduce the need for C-sections and better data collection on the procedure.

Infographic: Birth Settings in the United States

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

A new infographic by the Institute of Medicine gives percentages for the use of alternative birth settings in the United States. While hospitals are the most common choice, many women choose to have their babies outside of traditional hospital settings. To access the infographic, please visit the IOM website.

U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine have released a report, "U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health." The report examines the nature and strength of the research evidence on life expectancy and health in the United States, comparing U.S. data with statistics from 16 "peer countries." The report investigates the potential reasons for the U.S.

Funding Opportunity: Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

The Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), has announced a grant funding opportunity for implementing evidence-based, community-education programs that promote wellness and health lifestyle choices to prevent and reduce the impact of obesity in children. Applications are due by May 15, 2013.

2012 Edition of Child Health and Women's Health USA Now Available

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

The 2012 edition of Child Health USA is now available on the Health Resources and Service Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau's website.

Webinar: Circle of Life Multimedia Program

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health Resource Center is pleased to announce a webinar introducing the Circle of Life multimedia program, a holistic health promotion model to help students learn about making healthy choices to prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS. The webinar will take place on March 20, 2013 at 1 pm EST. To register for the webinar, please visit the Office of Minority Health's website.

Equity in the Digital Age: How Health Information Technology Can Reduce Disparities

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

The National Council of La Raza has released a new report, "Equity in the Digital Age: How Health Information Technology Can Reduce Disparities," which discusses how health information technology offers opportunities to improve access to care, enhance health care quality, and create targeted strategies that help promote health equity. The report further examines some of the advancements in health information technology and its potential to shape the future health care experiences of diverse communities.

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